Mothers and rare babies are doing well

Clementine and her baby at Drusillas Park
Clementine and her baby at Drusillas Park

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte, award-winning zoo Drusillas Park at Alfriston has welcomed two high profile arrivals of its own, including an endangered Sulawesi black crested macaque and a rare black lemur.

A new prince was born into the macaque family on March 18 and is doing well under the guidance of proud parents, Kendari and Moteck.

These large monkeys are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where the population has dropped by more than 80 per cent in the last 40 years and they are now regarded as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

Less than a month later the celebrations continued at Drusillas Park with a new arrival in Lemurland.

Born on April 2, the black lemur baby is growing in confidence daily under the close protection of mum Clementine. Over the next few months, it will gradually start to spend time away from the adults and explore the trees and ropes. For the time being however, it is happier hitch-hiking a ride on mum.

Plus with further arrivals expected at the emperor tamarins in the next few weeks, there is likely to be a furry-tail ending to another royal romance in the not too distant future. With all these new baby bundles of fur and feathers, spring has certainly sprung at the attraction.

Located just off the A27, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk